OBITUARY

William J. "Bill" Hosking

November 24, 1934July 26, 2018
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William J. “Bill” Hosking, 83, of Springfield, passed away on July 26, 2018 at his residence. He was born on November 24, 1934 in Springfield to Clifford J. and Lillian M. (Dixon) Hosking. Bill married Virginia A. Sharrow on May 22, 1966 in Lorraine, Illinois at the Centennial-Ebenezer Methodist Church and she survives.

Mr. Hosking is also survived by two sons: Brian John (Nicola) Hosking of Chicago and Michael Roy (Katrina) Hosking of Charles Town, West Virginia and two grandchildren: Alexander John Hosking and Lillian Kaye Hosking.

Bill graduated from Stuart Grade School in 1948, Springfield High School in 1952 and Arizona State University in 1956 with a B.S. Degree in Economics and Management. He retired from the State of Illinois Department of Human Services as a Public Service Administrator in December of 1999 after thirty six years of service. William served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps 1957-1959. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church for over fifty years. He volunteered at the Lincoln Home National Historical site, worked as an escort at Memorial Medical Center, Sangamon Auditorium (SAVA) and Charter docent at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Bill was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity, sixty year member of Springfield Lodge #4 A.F & A.M., sixty year member of Springfield Consistory AASR, fifty year member of Ansar Shrine serving as chaplain for 15 years. He was a Life Member of the Ansar Legion of Honor and served as their chaplain for fifty four years.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday August 1, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 2941 Koke Mill Road and a graveside service will be held at 2:00pm at Ebenezer Cemetery in Golden, Illinois. The family will meet friends from 5:00-7:00pm Tuesday at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Road. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or to the First United Methodist Church and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Virginia Hosking, Wife
  • Mr. Hosking is also survived by two sons: Brian John (Nicola) Hosking of Chicago and Michael Roy (Katrina) Hosking of Charles Town, West Virginia and two grandchildren: Alexander John Hosking and Lillian Kaye Hosking.
  • DONATIONS

  • Shriner's Hospital for Children
  • First United Methodist Church

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 31, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 1, 2018
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, August 1, 2018
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William J. "Bill" Hosking

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Hank & Susan Cronister

August 12, 2018

I was an usher with Bill at First United Methodist Church here in Springfield, Illinois. Bill was a very kind and gentle person and always had a smile on his face.
He was a faithful usher as you could always count on him being at his post each Sunday that he was scheduled to work. Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Bill. While we also share in your sorrow, we also take much comfort in knowing that Bill is with our Lord in heaven. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of grieving. May you look to our Lord for comfort and strength in your time of deep sorrow.

George King

July 31, 2018

Dear Ginny & Family:

It was with great sadness that I read of Bill's passing. What a treat it was when we would see each other around Springfield and chat about those heady days at ASU as fraternity brothers. Suffice it to say that Bill was one of the few people in my life I'll remember as a guiding influence even though it was for a short period of time in college. Simply, Bill was a good and caring guy; a rare commodity in this day and age. This world will miss him.


With sympathy and love,

George King

Shannon Parker Sexton

July 29, 2018

Virginia, Brian and Mike. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Bill was a wonderful man. Praying for all of you.

Lynn Burger

July 27, 2018

Virginia, I am so sorry about Bill's passing. I hope that through your faith and the support of family and friends, you find the strength to make the unbearable bearable. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Lynn Burger

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Biography

William J. “Bill” Hosking, 83, of Springfield, passed away on July 26, 2018 at his residence. He was born on November 24, 1934 in Springfield to Clifford J. and Lillian M. (Dixon) Hosking. Bill married Virginia A. Sharrow on May 22, 1966 in Lorraine, Illinois at the Centennial-Ebenezer Methodist Church and she survives.

Mr. Hosking is also survived by two sons: Brian John (Nicola) Hosking of Chicago and Michael Roy (Katrina) Hosking of Charles Town, West Virginia and two grandchildren: Alexander John Hosking and Lillian Kaye Hosking.

Bill graduated from Stuart Grade School in 1948, Springfield High School in 1952 and Arizona State University in 1956 with a B.S. Degree in Economics and Management. He retired from the State of Illinois Department of Human Services as a Public Service Administrator in December of 1999 after thirty six years of service. William served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps 1957-1959. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church for over fifty years. He volunteered at the Lincoln Home National Historical site, worked as an escort at Memorial Medical Center, Sangamon Auditorium (SAVA) and Charter docent at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Bill was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity, sixty year member of Springfield Lodge #4 A.F & A.M., sixty year member of Springfield Consistory AASR, fifty year member of Ansar Shrine serving as chaplain for 15 years. He was a Life Member of the Ansar Legion of Honor and served as their chaplain for fifty four years.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday August 1, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 2941 Koke Mill Road and a graveside service will be held at 2:00pm at Ebenezer Cemetery in Golden, Illinois. The family will meet friends from 5:00-7:00pm Tuesday at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Road. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or to the First United Methodist Church and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com.